Lamar University Press (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 58, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, March 19, 1982 Page: 1 of 6
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March 19, 1982
Vol. 58, No. 39
Serving the Lamar community for 58 years
for Open House
More than 1,200 people will gather
at Lamar for the university’s fourth
annual Spring Open House Saturday,
from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The program will begin in
McDonald Gymnasium, Dana Ram-
son, director of school relations, said
Area and regional high school
students and college transfer students
interested in Lamar have been in-
vited to the open house, Ranson said.
“This program is most important to
the university because it serves as
one of our primary recruitment ef-
forts,” Dr. George McLaughlin, vice
president for student affairs and dean
of students, said. “I encourage each
department and organization to par-
ticipate in the open house in whatever
way they possibly can.”
Included in the day’s activities are
the viewing of academic and
organizational displays and
demonstrations in the Setzer Student
Center Ballroom and Arbor.
Guests will have the opportunity to
learn about Lamar’s academic and
technical programs and degrees.
Guided by Lamar hostesses, they will
tour the campus.
And, the guests will be able to learn
about Lamar’s admissions pro-
cedures and financial aid programs.
Also, they will visit with student
organizations, fraternities, sororities
and their officers. If the weather per-
mits, the guests will attend an outdoor
barbeque. A local country-western
band will provide the entertainment.
They will view Reserve Officers
Training Corps staff members per-
Members of the open house com-
mittee are Ramson; Larry Markley,
dean of student activities and SSC
director; Bobbie Applegate, SSC pro-
gram director; Placette; and Alice
Wray, director of operations and
reservations for the SSC.
Forms for filing for an office of the
Student Government Association will
be available Monday, Tammy Stroud,
SGA vice president, said Wednesday.
Primary elections will be held April
15 and 16, and run-off elections will be
held April 21 and 22.
Filing for office, which involves
completing an application and return-
ing it to the SGA office, 211 Setzer Stu-
dent Center, will begin Wednesday at
8 a.m. and end April 7 at 3 p.m.
Eligible students may file for SGA
president, senators from the senior,
junior, and sophomore classes, and
the colleges of business, education,
engineering, fine and applied arts,
health and behavioral sciences,
liberal arts, sciences and technical
Students may also file for senators
at large, Setzer Student Center Coun-
cil president, Residence Hall Associa-
tion president, SSC Governing Board,
chairman and representatives,
sophomore class officers.
Stroud said applicants will become
candidates upon verification from the
SGA office. There will be a man-
datory meeting for all candidates
April 7 at 4:30 p.m., in the SSC
In addition to the general elections,
she said, SGA will conduct freshmen
days election of freshman queen and
king, during the activities sponsored
by the freshmen class April 5,6 and 7.
Nomination forms may be obtained
from the office of student develop-
ment, 116 Wimberly Student Affairs
Building, through March 26.
Sigma Nu will celebrate 25 years of
service at Lamar with a reception
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Eighth
Floor of Gray Library, Dr. W. Patrick
Harrigan, Sigma Nu adviser, said
Dr. Randall Capps, national regent
for Sigma Nu, will be the guest
The reception will be held to honor
original chapter members and
recognize past presidents of Sigma
Nu, Harrigan said.
Original members of the chapter
will receive 25-yea*r membership
“The real anniversary for Sigma
Nu was Tuesday, March 16, but we
decided to celebrate on Saturday
because it would be more convenient
for our guests,” Harrigan said.
Friday, March 26, will mark the
25th anniversary for two other social
fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon and
Alpha Tau Omega. These fraternities
will not be involved in the reception
The Sigma Nu reception will be
followed by a buffet.
Sigma Nu obtained its charter in
Social organizations were first
formed on the Lamar campus during
its first year of existence, 1923. The
men’s organization was called
Kollege Klub and boasted 10
members. The club existed until
Lamar became a college in 1941.
In the 1950s, four social organiza-
tions petitioned national fraternities
to obtain charters.
The four organizations became
Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha
Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha, now
Of the four fraternities, Sigma Nu is
the oldest organization on campus,
What goes up-
Bobbie Applegate, Setzer Student Center pro-
gram director, was in for a pleasant surprise upon
arrival to her office Wednesday morning. In
honor of Applegate's birthday, Gordon Schell,
SSC Council president, Billye Hooper, SSCC vice
president, and John Moore, SSCC concert com-
mittee chairperson, decorated her office and fill-
ed it with balloons.
Photos by IAN COUVILLON
Department mail codes misused
By JOHN TISDALE
of the UP staff
The Lamar post office has ac-
cumulated approximately $4,000
worth of unauthorized mail in the last
year, Jack O’Toole, Lamar
postmaster, said this month.
“Certain individuals have been us-
ing department mail codes for their
personal use and only business mail
for the school can use the department
codes,” O’Toole said.
The mail department keeps a daily
running record on mailing billing for
each of the 127 department account
“If a piece of mail is suspicious I
pull it out of the posting (LSM)
machine and 95 percent of the
suspicious mail we pull is unauthoriz-
ed,” OToole said.
“Since we have started watching
for this type of mail, the volume of
unauthorized mail is just one-tenth of
what if used to be.”
Three different methods of sorting
can be used to monitor the ma: ’
At least 12 personal letters of cor-
respondence are pulled from the mail
sorter each day, O’Toole said.
“It is almost impossible to count
how much of the unauthorized per-
sonal mail is getting by us each day,”
O Toole said that the problem does
not lie with just students, but with stu-
dent assistants, staff and faculty.
Passing unauthorized mail is a
state offense because funds utilized
for the Lamar post office are provid-
ed by the state.
A student could possibly be
suspended from schoor for using
authorized mail codes for their per-
sonal use, O’Toole said.
Kemble award established for male seniors
A new award that will recognize the
outstanding male student at Lamar
University has been established, Dr.
George McLaughlin, vice president
for student affairs and dean of
students, said Thursday.
Named for Dr. C. Robert Kemble,
Lamar president, the award will be
presented during the spring semester
and is intended to be a complemen-
tary award to the Bess Gentry Award,
which recognizes the outstanding
female student, McLaughlin said.
"The idea tor the award came from
students in several organizations and
honor societies, mainly Blue Key, the
men’s honor society,” he said.
As with the Gentry award, the Kem-
ble award will recognize a graduating
senior who has brought honor to
himself and Lamar through
scholastic endeavors as well as his ef-
forts to improve the quality of cam-
Nominations for the award may be
made by individuals, student
organizations and members of the
faculty and staff.
The selection committee will con-
sist of Randy Degner, Blue Key presi-
dent; Bonnie Fahey, Cap and Gown
(women’s honor society) president;
Lynne Freeland, Student Govern-
ment Association president; and Gor-
don Schell, Setzer Student Center
Also on the committee are Ann
Shaw, dean of student development;
Larry Markley, director of the SSC
and dean of student activities; Jacque
Placette, director of student
organizations; and two faculty
members, yet to be named, appointed
Qualified nominees for the award
will receive a certificate, while
finalists will receive a plaque and the
winner, a plaque and cash award,
“For several years, Helen and I
have wanted to do something for the
university,” Kemble said. “We can
think of no better way to serve the
university than to honor the students.
“The Bess Gentry Award
recognizes the outstanding female
student and this award, the male. It is
an added pleasure to have it named
for me. I am deeply honored,” he
A banquet is planned to present the
awards. Nomination forms are being
readied and will be distributed,
Task Force rejects Johnson’s proposed plan
By JOHN TISDALE
of the UP staff
A plan proposed by Bernard
Johnson, Houston architect, earlier
this month to include Lamar in the
University of Houston system was re-
jected Wednesday by the Governor’s
Task Force on Higher Education.
The task force, which has no official
capacity, did repeat its support
Wednesday, however, for unifying the
state’s public senior colleges and
universities into six regional systems.
“We recommend that the Universi-
ty of Texas system and the Texas
A&M system remain unchanged, but
group the Other senior colleges,” Dr.
George Race, committee chairman,
Johnson now will submit four plans
through the committee to Clements as
a minority report, Race said. The
plans would all affect Lamar.
The committee’s recommendation,
which does not specify the names of
schools, and possibly Johnson’s plans,
will be decided upon in the 198b
legislative session, Race said.
“The system proposed by the task
force will provide for one set of
regents for each system," Race said.
“Each system would be a more
powerful lobbying group in Austin for
their system’s funds.”
The task force will vote on April 22
on whether to adopt different pro-
posals in a report to the govenor.
up the report to be submitted to the
governor,” Race said.
“The task force’s job is to submit a
report on the overall status and well-
being of education,” Dr. C. Robert
Kemble, Lamar president, said
“The committee members did not
make a decision on which colleges to
put in each system because they do
not feel qualified to make that deci-
Kemble says he feels that the nam-
ing of schools to the proposed systems
would be "political dynamite.”
Magna Carta viewed—
v V St
Lamar students, along with others in the Golden Triangle,
were able to view one of only four copies of the Magna Carta
in the Setzer Student Center Ballroom Wednesday. The
766-year-old Lincoln exemplar will be on display at the
Brown Center in Orange today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Photo by JAN COUVILLON
Deadline nears for nomination forms
Nomination forms for the Staff
Recognition Awards must be return-
ed to the President’s Staff Advisory
Committee by Saturday, Richard
Dixon, chairman, said.
The Board of Regents and Lamar
president Dr. C. Robert Kemble will
choose five outstanding university
staff members for the award this spr-
ing, Dixon said.
Two of the awards will be known as
Regents’ Awards, and the recipients
will receive $500 each. Three Presi-
A Central Intelligence Agency
representative will give a briefing on
career opportunities in the CIA Mon-
day at 1 p.m. in Landes Auditorium,
Galloway Business Building, Jack
Martin, director of placement, said
William B. Wood, CIA regional
recruiter, will also be recruiting for
research and analysis and foreign
“Mr. Wood will be handing out
literature concerning the CIA, and
anyone who is interested may attend
the briefing,” Martin said.
Martin added that the general
dent’s Awards will be given, with
those award winners getting $300
Those nominees who have six or
more years of experience with the
university will be considered for both
the Regents’ Awards and the Presi-
dent’s Awards, Dixon said.
Nominating standards have also
been established, he said.
“Staff supervisors employing 10
persons or fewer may nominate one
person to be considered for a Staff
public, as well as students and facul-
ty, are invited to attend.
“Based on my reading of your
catalogue, I would certainly want to
invite graduate degree candidates
from the liberal arts areas,” Wood
said, “as well as undergraduate and
graduate candidates from your
For the reseafch and analysis posi-
tions, Wood said in a letter to Martin,
“The candidate that we seek to func-
tion in this area would, at a minimum,
be actively pursuing, or would have
already completed, a graduate pro-
Recognition Award,” he said. “Staff
supervisors, employing eleven per-
sons or more may nominate two per-
sons to be considered for a Staff
Nominations should be accom-
panied by a complete nomination
form from the staff supervisor, at-
testing to the nominee’s qualifica-
tions, a brief resume, completed by
the nominee, and a copy of the
nominee’s most recently completed
Performance Evaluation Form, Dix-
• Faculty members promoted,
given tenure, page 2
•Four local bands to display
I talents, page 3
• Lamar to defend conference
crown, page 5
The weekend forecast calls for
warm and humid weather.
Daytime temperatures in the
mid 80s and nightime
temperatures around 70. Some
fog in early morning hours.
to give briefing Monday
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